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The BFI Reuben Library

In our library at BFI Southbank you can access a huge collection of books, journals, documents and audio recordings about the world of film and television. The library collection spans the history of cinema. Our priority is comprehensive coverage of moving image in Britain, but the collection is international in scope.

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News from the BFI

New library at BFI Southbank

Credit: Helena Smith Nestled within the old gallery space at BFI Southbank, the library provides a haven of calm amid the hubbub of riverside cultural life – perfect for leafing through a book on...

At the heart of things: the BFI Reuben Library

With the launch of the BFI Reuben Library, Sarah Currant reflects on the new vitality of a world-class collection of books and journals.

From Star Wars to George Orwell: why storyboarding matters

The art of the storyboard plays a key part in film production. But, when the film is finished, do storyboards have anything left to tell us?

BFI and Wikipedia join forces for marathon Wikipedia editing session

We need your help for an epic Editathon at the BFI Reuben Library to enrich Wikipedia's entries relating to black and Asian British cinema.

The 10 best librarians on screen

To celebrate National Libraries Day 2016, staff at the BFI Reuben Library nominate their top 10 librarians in film and television.

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Sight & Sound magazine

Institutional digital subscriptions

Multi-user access to a digital archive of Sight & Sound and Monthly Film Bulletin.

David Shepard obituary: silent film’s great hunter-sharer

No mere film collector, the archivist David Shepard, who has died aged 76, was a devoted historian, a fastidious restorer and above all a generous promulgator of his prints and his knowledge, writes Pamela Hutchinson.

EX LIBRIS – the New York Public Library review: Fred Wiseman’s ode to patience and fortitude

The director’s latest magisterial study of a public institution is a tribute to the power of education and the importance of community, characteristically ambitious yet surprisingly brisk, writes Neil Young.

My Point Break quest: “It was about us against the system”

Sophie Brown's search for the rights to screen Kathryn Bigelow's surf classic seemed to be all washed up, but suddenly the tide turned, and now Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves's Bodhi and Johnny can return to British screens.

Point Break – not coming to a cinema near you!

How hard can it be to screen Kathryn Bigelow's surf classic, asks Sophie Brown?

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Films, TV & People

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Education and research

BFI Reuben Library FAQ

Frequently asked questions about using the library.

Digital Library on Demand service FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the BFI Reuben Library’s electronic document delivery service.

Donate your thesis to the library

Add your thesis on moving image to our collection.

BFI Reuben Library bookings

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Library resources

Features and downloads to help you with your research.

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Supporting UK film

About the Film Hub Lead Organisations

Each Film Hub is led by a Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO). Find out more about the nine organisations that cover the UK.

International touring programme – Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

The story of British science-fiction film, from silent classics like A Message from Mars (1913) to Monsters (2010).

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About the BFI

BFI National Archive collections policy

Read the our policy for management of BFI collections.

Trusts and foundations

The support of trusts and foundations is of huge value to the work that we do.


Profiles of the BFI’s Governors.

Press releases

All the latest information on BFI activities for members of the media.

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DVDs and Blu Ray

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